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World Bank Earmarks $500m For Basic Education In Nigeria


The World Bank has set aside 500 million dollars as grant to fund
basic education in five states for five years, Mrs Helen Okoro, the
Information Officer, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has
said.
Okoro, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, credited Dr
Olatunde Adekola, Head, World Bank International Reconstruction and
Development team, as giving the information.
She said Adekola
explained that the fund was for the Global Partnership for Education
(GPE), established to improve access to quality education at the basic
level in Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto and Katsina states.

“Five
hundred million dollars has been set aside as Global Partnership for
Education (GPE)/ Nigerian Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP) to
fund education in the five beneficiary states of Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna,
Katsina and Sokoto,’’ she said.
Okoro said Adekola commended the
Federal Government for the NIPEP project and added that it was the first
time government was focusing on strategies aimed at moving the basic
education sub-sector forward.
She said the 2.5 billion dollars
credit that the Federal Government requested from the World Bank to
finance the 2016 budget could only be released after fulfilling certain
conditions.
Okoro also quoted Dr Hamid Bobboyi, Executive
Secretary of UBEC, as assuring the team of the agency’s commitment to
reposition basic education delivery in Nigeria. (NAN)

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